Job no: 227358-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Engineering, Information Systems/Technology, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:

To understand our world and the universe, the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) develops, deploys and supports instrumentation and software systems for research purposes across the world and beyond! SSEC's history of developing a diverse set of instruments ranges from the first weather satellite, to aircraft instruments monitoring the atmosphere, and to ground based atmospheric observing instrumentation. The challenge of operating research systems, in these environments, requires a broad set of disciplines and skills from the team of people involved. This dynamic environment requires us to learn about new scientific advances, systems and technologies on a regular basis. SSEC's mission supports faculty and academic staff led research with the development, fabrication, and implementation of experiments and new scientific research tools for national and international use.

The successful candidate joining our scientific instrumentation software team will provide programming support for 3 projects. VOLcanic Cloud Analysis Toolkit (VolCAT) DevOps is an effort to transition a real-time volcanic ash warning and alert system from research to operations in a cloud computing environment. The Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) Level 1B project builds a long-term data record for use in future climate studies, while conducting scientific research that will inform the design of the next generation of hyperspectral sounders on US weather satellites. The Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer (AERI) is an instrument developed at the SSEC and we maintain 9 operational instruments for DOE. The AERI software codebase needs maintenance and upgrades including a 64-bit transition.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

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Degree and Area of Specialization:

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related field required; or degree in an unrelated field with a minimum 1 year of professional programming experience.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

-Working knowledge of Linux, Docker, Kubernetes, and Continuous Integration
-Familiarity with programming languages such as Python, C, Fortran and Bash shell
-Experience creating and maintaining tools scientists use to analyze atmospheric data
-Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work well with others in a dynamic environment



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $55,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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Denise Weidner
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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Applications Open: Sep 17 2020 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Oct 5 2020 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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